The Application of British Neoclassical Design Principles: The Greek Island of Kefalonia

By Nicholas Patricios.

Published by The Design Collection

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A fascinating example of taking available designs and then engaging in the act of designing new designs is the application of the British Neoclassical architectural style to new buildings in the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece. This occurred when Britain occupied these Islands in 1809 which then received independent status in 1815 under the British crown. It is ironical that the country that created classical architecture had neoclassical architecture introduced from the outside. The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia, provides an insightful case of the application of British neoclassical design principles to new civic buildings and urban spaces. The architectural and urban work of three achievers will be described and illustrated to demonstrate an instance of the transfer of cultural values and design precedent.

Keywords: Neoclassical, Architecture, British, Kefalonia

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.129-138. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.280MB).

Dr. Nicholas Patricios

Professor, School of Architecture, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA

Nicholas Patricios holds a PhD degree and has degrees in architecture and town and regional planning. He is the author of three books including Kefallinia and Ithaki: A Historical and Architectural Odyssey and the author of over forty articles in international and national journals. He is a Professor of Architecture and has held the position of Interim Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Miami. He is the recipient of many professional and academic awards and has been a Fulbright Fellow and the co-leader of an Earthwatch expedition. He also practices as an urban design and planning consultant.


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